Cold and flu season is upon us, and there’s nothing more comforting or healing than a steaming bowl of delicious chicken soup when you are sick! 🍲 This easy low carb chicken soup has all of the flavor and texture you love, without the carbs.
I can speak from experience when I tell you that this easy low carb chicken soup is the 💣 when you are sick (or even when you aren’t!) I’ve had a brutal cold for 2 weeks now, and the Hungry dudes both have it as well.
Days run together and time ceases to have any meaning when you’re this sick – but the one thing that stands out is how awesome this chicken soup was. So good that I’ve got Mr. Hungry bringing home another chicken later today so I can make the Instant Pot Bone Broth I posted Monday, and then use it for another big batch of this soup to keep us going through the weekend.
Some of the comfort that comes from a bowl of chicken soup is due to the starchy inclusions like rice, noodles, or chunks of potatoes. Since those are pretty much off limits on keto, I’ve used a combination of celery, a small amount of butternut squash, and some Jicama that I cut small to mimic rice.
The butternut squash has a slight sweetness and gives you the mouthfeel of starch without a ton of carbs – and it’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. It also adds color, which isn’t strictly necessary but makes it looks nice.
Why Jicama? It’s inexpensive, relatively low in carbs, and loaded with vitamin C, vitam E, folate, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron and lots of phytonutrients. Perfect for when you’re sick and your immune system needs all the help it can get – also it’s delicious and has a wonderful starchy feel when cooked in this soup.
Hungry Jr. said this is one of the best soups he’s ever had. He loved the flavors and textures. I loved that it was pretty easy to make – which is important when just moving from the couch to the kitchen for a cup of tea and back makes you winded and in need of rest.
Several good friends texted to see how we were doing last week and offered to make us soup. I declined only because I had a big batch of this one already made, but next time I’ll send them this easy low carb chicken soup recipe and beg them to make it and deliver some STAT.
Since I know a lot of you are sick right now too, you should totally ask your soup loving friends to make you some of this easy low carb chicken soup! The bad thing is once they make it and taste how good it is, all those good intentions of bringing it to you will go right out the window! 😂
Just tell them to make a double batch and there will be plenty to go around! 🙌
- 10 cups bone broth or chicken stock
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 1 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1½ cups diced butternut squash
- 2 cups jicama, peeled and chopped small into "rice"
- 4 cups cooked, shredded or chopped chicken
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Combine the broth, garlic powder, dried oregano, celery, butternut squash and jicama in a large pot.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer (uncovered) for 30 minutes, or until veggies are fork tender.
- Add the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes, or until heated through (don't cook the chicken too long or it will get tough.)
- Remove from the heat and add the parsley and apple cider vinegar.
- Season with sea salt and pepper to taste before serving.
Meanwhile, I’m starting to get better and hopefully all of my fellow sickos are too! Don’t feel too bad for me though – even though it’s never fun to be sick, feeling lousy here in warm and sunny Belize is still way better than dealing with a cold in the winter up North! My hammock and I are spending lots of quality time together while I recuperate! 😂
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